IMO Collberg was quite impressive tonight. I am of course expecting bigger things from him but considering that he's not used to North America rink size, I though he did play good and was not afraid of going in the traffic and battle for the puck in the corners. I believe he'll be a very good player for us in 1 or 2 seasons.
I was not impressed by Thomas, guy reminds me of Cammalleri, always looking for a shot even when it's not a good time for shooting.. ie on a powerplay when he got in the zone and shot directly on the goaler, puck when out of the zone and Habs never been able to setup in offensive zone. He's not really good in defense also.
I was impressed by the play of Dietz, Pateryn, Holland, Bournival, Nygren and McCaron (considering he's 18). Also the defensive awareness of Galchenyuk.
Should be cut : Tarnasky & Blunden. And Dumont need to wake up or he'll be sent back to Hamilton as well.
Nygren looked fine tonight I liked him. Holland has 3rd line player ceiling he does everything good but him and Thomas could take some skating lessons. Thomas showed some skills he could be deadly on PP if he has many opportunities. Bournival's speed is amazing and you could see he will play in the nhl in a year or two and even this year. Dietz looked more then fine. Mccaron showed a lack of speed today but overall not bad. Collberg was disapointting, he was afraid of making plays he needs better puck control.
Tokarski looked fine too. Pateryn I would love him as a 6th D. Gally was given a key role tonight and thats what we have to give him if we want to develop him.
Every time McCarron parks his butt in front of the net they score lol I thought he looked good and its too bad he didnt score that laser shot. His skating isnt bad for his size but he needs to work on explosiveness
So, back from the Colisée, and that was a fun game to watch
Here's what I saw.
Bournival played with determination. He was ON. Thomas and Collberg played more with a whatamIdoing look on their face, and it showed. Collberg was carried by a MaxPac/DD duo that was on fire, but I think he's going back to Sweden.
I cannot explain what Tarnasky was doing, or tried doing, in the early 2nd. Sorry.
McCarron is going to be good, but he got behind the play a few times and struggled to come back for defense. I don't know who's better than a Hunter to fix that flaw, though.
Pateryn played impressive. Solid, played with veteranish poise and smarts, and what a shot in the 1st. Tinordi wasn't as flashy, but he played a good, meaty game. Both can play in the NHL on the 3rd pairing.
Nygren looked at the crowd when we were doing the wave with a sort of strange bemused expression. I guess they don't do the wave where he's from.
Booing Komisarek was really fun, especially since nothing he did all game was amounting to anything. Bonus cheer from everyone when Bournival just bounced him off.
Budaj is playing for 1st goalie duty. What a 1st period. Tokarski really had it easy, but kept his concentration and did well.
Subban graced us with a little spinorama in the end. We liked. Great game from him.